25 Youngest Prodigies of All Time

Posted by , Updated on January 9, 2024

Do you think your child is a genius? Probably every parent thinks that their child is special. It’s true many children are exceptionally gifted. Whether they learn to speak at an early age or take their first steps as soon as they learn to crawl.

Children always continue to amaze us. There are some children whose genius is off the charts. They are considered prodigies in: art, music, science, math, and many other talents.

Read about some of the greatest child minds as List25 brings you the 25 Youngest Prodigies of All Time.


Akiane Kramarik


Akiane Kramarik is a young painter and poet, who pained her first masterpiece called “The Prince of Peace” when she was only eight years old. When she was ten years old, she was a guest on Oprah. “You get a painting! You get a painting, everybody gets a painting.”


Aelita Andre


Aelita Andre first learned to paint at only 9 months old, and to top it off she had her first painting in a gallery, when she was only 2 years old.


Elisabeth Anisimow


If you ask a lot of kids what they want to be when they grow up, you will get a variety of answers. Elizabeth Anisimow was destined to be a painter. She already is selling her art, and reportedly has sold $35,000 worth.


Carson Huey-You


Huey-You is the youngest graduate of Texas Christian University. He plays piano, speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, and he created an 8-step problem used to solve mathematical structures in Quantum Physics.


Rochelle Ballantyne


Don’t challenge this young prodigy to a game of chess. Ballantyne was one of the top chess players in the world at only 17 years old. When she was in 5th grade she won 4th place at the Girls National Championship.


Adam Kirby


Kirby is truly a remarkable child. He taught himself to potty train at only 23 months. He is also the youngest child to be invited to join Mensa. He has an I.Q. of 141.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you probably have already heard of Mozart. He picked up his first musical instrument at 3 years old, and composed his first published musical piece when he was 5.


Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz


Cruz taught herself to read as a minor, and began writing religious poetry when she was 8 years old. In 1667 she became a nun so she would be able to read and write when she wanted.


Arthur Rimbaud


Arthur Rimbaud is considered to be the influence of many modern artist. Jim Morrison, Kerouac, and Bob Dylan have said that Rimbaud influenced their work. He published his first piece when he was 15 years old, and produced his masterpiece “The Drunken Boat” when he was 16.


Clara Schumann


Schumann didn’t learn to speak until she was 4 years old. However, she mastered the piano when she only 7 years old. She toured Europe performing, and even won praise from such musical geniuses as Chopin.


Praveen Kumar Gorakavi


Praveen Gorkavi is a math genius and former child prodigy. When he was only 13 years old, he created a a math formula for perpetual calendar calculation. When he was 15 years old he invented a low costly artificial leg that had ankle and knee movements.


Anne – Marie Imafidon


Dr. Imafidon first passed her Computing A-Level when she was 11 years old. When Imafidon was 20 years old she received her Masters Degree at University of Oxford.


Stevie Wonder


Although he has been blind since birth that didn’t stop Stevie Wonder. Wonder is responsible for creating such hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You”, and “Isn’t She Lovely”. What you may not know is, he was discovered when he was 12 years old for his skills on the piano.


Marie Curie


Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She was a Physicist and Chemist, and began studying all of this when she was only 4 years old.


Judit Polgár


Judit Polgart is a chess prodigy who was taught by her father Lazslo Polgart an educational psychologist. Polgart’s father believed that any child could become a prodigy with the right guidance. He raised his children to play chess religiously. In 1991 she became a grand master chess champion, and beat the record of chess master Bobby Fisher.


Julio Urias


Julio Urias started playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers at only 19 years old. He is the youngest starting pitcher since Felix Hernandez joined the Seattle Mariners.


Michael Chang


Michael Chang is a tennis pro who went pro when he was 15 years old and won his first tennis championship at only 17 years old. Although he is retired, Chang continues to be involved in the tennis world, by coaching.


Amobi Okoye


Okoye a Nigerian born football player for the NFL is not just a sports prodigy, but he also excelled at academics when he was a child. He started playing college football when he was 16 for the Louisville Cardinals and joined the NFL when he was 19.


Carl Friedrich Gauss


Carl Gauss is considered one of the greatest math geniuses of all time. By the time he was 3 years old he could add 100 numbers and made contributions in the field of Algebra and physics.


B-Girl Terra


B-Girl Terra is a breakdancer who has won numerous competitions. The amazing thing is, she is only 6 years old. If you look her up on YouTube, you can see her many dance moves.


Onafujiri Remet


If you give a child a camera they will probably take a variety of random pictures. Remet’s pictures have been featured in galleries in Lagos. He has been praised for his ability to capture Nigerian street life.


Akrit Jaiswal


Some say that Jaiswal performed his first surgery at 7 years old. When he was 12 years old he was accepted into an Indian medical school. We think his parents got a real joy saying, our son the doctor.


Shirley Temple


Shirley Temple was a famous child actor and dancer of the early 20th century. She began her life on the silver screen when she was three years old. She won an academy award when she was just seven years old.


Bobby Fischer


Bobby Fischer was a chess prodigy who became a grandmaster when he was 15 years old. He began competing when he was 14 and won 8 titles during his lifetime. Even though his record has been beaten, he is still considered one of the greatest chess players in the world.


Pablo Picasso


Probably one of the most famous painters of all time. Pablo Picasso is responsible for creating a style of art called “Cubism”. Picasso started painting as a child and even then he was creating impressive pieces. His father was also a painter, and Picasso insisted that his father let him uses his brushes.

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